Norbury News at 23 October



Transport Issues Public Meeting –  28 November

Car parking, controlled parking, speeding cars, cycling, buses, trains, etc. These and other transport issues will be the subject of the next public meeting organised by the Joint Planning Committee on Monday evening 28 November; everything from controlled parking to Southern railway. Speakers will be Cabinet member Stuart King who is responsible for traffic matters and Steve O’Connell, the area’s Greater London Assembly member because of the GLA involvement with TfL (Transport for London).

The draft programme is: (1)   Introduction – Residents Associations perspective on the issues. (2)  GLA/TfL – Steve as GLA member  will outline TfL’s responsibilities in Norbury, what it has/plans to do about them, and how residents can make representations if they want to seek changes or new ideas to be looked at; (3)  Croydon Council – Stuart will outline the Council’s responsibilities in Norbury, what it has done/plans to do about them, and how residents can make representations if they want to seek changes or new ideas to be looked at; (4) Questions and Answers.

Venue and start time to be finalised. 

BMX Track in Norbury Park and Parks Consultation

The Council officers have made it clear to the Friends of Norbury Park Group of the Norbury Avenue & Thornton Heath Residents Association that the scheme will be going ahead.

Croydon Council’s Parks Consultation at the end of the month. Sean Creighton of the Joint Planning Committee, who has working closely with the Friends Group, made it clear at one of the small consultation discussion group sessions that imposing facilities on parks, like the Track, against the wishes of a large number of residents, was not helpful to developing partnership between the Council and Friends Groups.

Railway Station Car Lot

The owner of the railway station car lot has taken most of his vehicles for sale off the car lot site by Norbury Station, following the Inspector rejecting his appeal against the Council’s  refusal of planning permission to operate there. A group of Norbury residents is exploring setting up a community land trust to try and buy the site to turn it into a woodland and community garden area.

Costa Coffee Attracts New Customers to Norbury

Chatting with the owner of another café it appears that since the opening of Costa Coffee on the High Rd new customers are being attracted into Norbury to the benefit of other shops.

Police Advice About Halloween 

Police Constable Tom Norry has asked for this message to be sent around residents.

‘In the run up to Halloween we are increasing our efforts to decrease anti-social behaviour across the ward.  Traditionally Halloween and Bonfire Night may see a rise in ASB matters.  There will be a number of extra patrols that are being put into place across the borough in order to combat this.

As part of our efforts to ensure that everyone has a safe and enjoyable Halloween weekend I have attached a small poster which contains some information you may find useful, you may also wish to disseminate this through your channels to other residents and businesses across the ward.

We will be working on a “No Trick or Treaters” leaflet/poster in the coming days for those you wish to display one….’

PC 852 Tom Norry, Norbury Neighbourhood Policing Team. Email – 020 8721 2477

Norbury Resident Nominated For MOBO Award

Norbury resident Seun Otukpe (27), who used to teach religious studies at Langley Park in Beckenham, has been nominated for Best Gospel Act in this year’s MOBO (Music of Black Origin) Awards.

Norbury Library Opening 1931

The guest speaker at the opening of Norbury Library in 1931 was Stanley Jast, the former Chief Librarian of Croydon, whose pioneering approach in fluienced the development of libraries across the country. He was the son of a Polish refugee. You can read my article about him at



About seancreighton1947

Since moving to Norbury in July 2011 I have been active on local economy issues with Croydon TUC and Croydon Assembly, and am a member of the latter's Environment Forum. I am a member of the 5 Norbury Residents Associations Joint Planning Committee, and a Governor of Norbury Manor Primary School. I write for Croydon Citizen at I co-ordinate the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Croydon Radical History Networks and advise the North East People's History Project.. I give history talks and lead history walks. I retired in 2012 having worked in the community/voluntary sector and on heritage projects. My history interests include labour movement, mutuality, Black British, slavery & abolition, Edwardian roller skating and the social and political use of music and song. I have a particular interest in the histories of Battersea and Wandsworth, Croydon and Lambeth. I have a publishing imprint History & Social Action Publications.
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